A former pub manager who had sex with a 14-year-old girl he came across living on the streets of Wodonga has been jailed for nine months.
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County Court Judge Frank Gucciardo said Shane Kaufmann, a former manager of the Edward’s Tavern in the city, had to be jailed after taking advantage of the vulnerable teenager under the guise of offering her shelter.

Judge Gucciardo said the victim and her girlfriend, aged 18, had been living an itinerant lifestyle when Kaufmann came across them sleeping in a bank ATM machine foyer in May 2013.

Kaufmann woke the two girls up, offered them food and told them they could stay at his home.

Kaufmann, who had a long criminal history, took the girls back to where they had occasionally stayed to collect their belongings and, while waiting for them, he stole a gas bottle.

Judge Gucciardo said Kaufmann gave alcohol to the girls, who also smoked cannabis and took valium and ice.

The judge said the 14-year-old girl later found herself naked in Kaufmann’s bedroom where he sexually assaulted her. The girl had earlier told him her age.

The next day Kaufmann put on a pornographic movie in his bedroom as he lay between the two girls.

Kaufmann began to assault the 14-year-old before her friend got up and walked out of the bedroom.

When Kaufmann left the house to go to a dentist’s appointment, the girls went to the police.

Kaufmann was arrested and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and one count of theft.

He initially told police he had had sex with the 18-year-old girl but not with the 14-year-old.

Judge Gucciardo said Kaufmann had taken advantage of the 14-year-old and abused her for his own sexual gratification, and the courts had to denounce such behaviour.

Kaufmann was jailed for nine months and, on his release, must complete a two-year community correction order and 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Kaufmann was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 15 years.

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Herald photographer Jonathan Carroll shared this shot from Stroud.Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
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Traffic: Traffic lights are flashing yellow at Erina on the Central Coast Highway and the Pacific Highway at San Remo, near Goorama Avenue.

Weather: A shower or two in Newcastle (21 degrees), possible showers in Maitland (21 degrees) and cloudy in Scone (20 degrees).

Beachwatch: Tuesday turned out a lot better than expected and it should be another good day beachside on Wednesday. The wind will be north-west to south-west with theswell from the south-east around oneto 1.5 metres. Wave conditions will be nice and clean with the southern ends the picks.

Morning Shot: Herald photographer Jonathan Carroll shared this shot of storm clouds over Stroud.

Herald photographer Jonathan Carroll shared this shot of storm clouds over Stroud.

Bearded Cactus cut down by council:THE Bearded Cactus has become a landmark on the highway in East Maitland but it will soon be gone.

Roadmay close for Anzac Walk:NEWCASTLE council will spend $50,000 on the trial closure of a street near the Anzac memorial walk in a bid to monitor and reduce road and footpath congestion.

Studs dudded as mine wins favour:THE NSW Department of Planning has backed the controversial Drayton South coal mine despite conceding it could sound the death knell for the Hunter’s international reputation as a thoroughbred horse breeding region.

More bad news for Nathan Tinkler:A STRING of companies that formed part of Nathan Tinkler’s horse breeding and racing empire has been placed into voluntary administration, only a few weeks after a court was told a settlement was close to being struck with a creditor seeking to wind them up.

Bedsy wants to stay as coachPOLLKNIGHTS chief executive Matt Gidley has ruled out retaining caretaker coach Danny Buderus as head tactician next season, despite the Hall of Fame legend indicating he would consider a long-term appointment if it was offered.

Originals back to revive Jets: LABINOT Haliti remembers the fans filing into EnergyAustralia Stadium in gold, the buzz around the ground, coming off the bench on the right side of midfield and Adelaide United striker Carl Veart spoiling the party.

An aerial shot of Lucas Heights, in Sydney’s south west. Photo: Quentin JonesSecurity upgrades at Australia’s oldest nuclear reactor were not triggered by the arrest of five men caught loitering outside the site last year, according to officials.
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The men were arrested and questioned in September after parking their vehicles within 100 metres of the security gates to the Lucas Heights reactor in southern Sydney.

The group were eventually released without charge but their actions led police to question why they had strayed onto restricted Commonwealth land.

In response to a question on notice, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation chief executive Dr Adrian Paterson said security upgrades in October were not prompted by the scare.

“Control room operations were outsourced to one of Australia’s largest security firms with significant expertise and experience in control room monitoring,” an ANSTO spokesman said.

“ANSTO’s first responder safety function was also outsourced to a private company.”

The spokesman said both changes were made after a detailed review of security arrangements and after consultation with the Australian Federal Police.

“The changes have been successfully implemented and are delivering improved operational outcomes as well as cost savings,” he said.

“The AFP continues to be responsible for the 24-hour-a-day physical protection of the ANSTO site as well as armed first response.”

Dr Paterson said ANSTO received regular briefings from the intelligence community and their security posture could be strengthened quickly in response to specific threats.

During the Senate estimates hearing in June, he stressed the five men had not entered the Lucas Heights site and there was no suggestion they intended to do so.

In 2001, Greenpeace activists gained entry to the Lucas Heights complex and unveiled banners claiming nuclear power was “never safe”.

The Lucas Heights nuclear reactor is set to become a world leader in the production of nuclear medicine with plans to produce more than 25 per cent of the world’s nuclear medicine needs. The site currently produces 10,000 nuclear medicine doses each week which are then sent to more than 250 hospitals and medical practices around Australia. The Lucas Heights site will also receive a shipment of radioactive waste returned to Sydney from France this year, after being sent to Europe for processing in the 1990s.

According to legal requirements, the waste must be returned from France by December with more waste set to be returned from Britain in 2017.

In response to a Senate estimates question on notice, an ANSTO spokesman said the department had consulted with the community and information had been available to the public since 2012.

ANSTO marketing material states the returning waste is equivalent to one third of a shipping container.

The cost of transferring waste from Britain is expected to cost nearly $27 million over four years, while the return of waste from France has been funded in budgets since 2010.

ANSTO has emphasised Lucas Heights should only be an interim solution until the permanent national store is built.

Billu’s Restaurant was shot at by an unknown gunman on Tuesday night. Photo: Peter RaeUp to 40 people inside a busy Indian restaurant in Sydney’s west were “extremely lucky” not to be injured when a gunman fired a shot through the front window, police say.
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The gunman, dressed in a blue tracksuit, was seen running from Billu’s Indian Eatery on Wigram Street in Harris Park after the shooting, which occurred just before 9pm on Tuesday.

The fleeing gunman is believed to have nearly knocked over a woman at a pedestrian crossing on Wigram Street, and police now hope to speak to her, hoping she may be able to help identify the offender.

Police said between 30 and 40 customers and staff were inside the restaurant when the shot was fired. Remarkably, the bullet missed everyone inside and hit a shelf, police said.

Some diners did not realise immediately that a shot had been fired, and thought a car had backfired.

“It was extremely lucky that no one was injured,” a NSW Police spokeswoman said.

Detectives are understood to be investigating if the shooting was a targeted attack, and are interviewing staff and customers who were in the restaurant. A lot of Police cars in Harris Park right now. Wigram Street closed. Not sure why pic.twitter上海夜网m/FG9q4HPxpw— Yadu Singh (@dryadusingh) August 25, 2015

It is the second time this year a gunman on foot has fired shots in the vicinity of the restaurant.

In April, police closed Wigram Street when a man fired up to nine shots into the air on a Saturday afternoon, before fleeing.

A witness to that shooting, Fairfax Media employee Ramakrishna Gudipudi, said at the time that he was eating lunch when the shooting occurred.

“My wife and I were eating at Billu’s Indian restaurant when this gunman appeared out of the middle of nowhere and fired away,” Mr Gudipudi said.

“After he fled we walked over and saw eight bullets scattered all over the ground.

“You don’t expect to be eating lunch and have bullets fired around you.”

It was not clear whether the two shootings were linked.

Niti Sheh, who lives on Wigram Street, said on Wednesday morning that the latest shooting was “really scary”.

“In four months, it’s happening twice. A couple of days ago there was a fire in the shop nearby. I don’t know what’s going on, you know?” she said.

“It’s really scary. I’m scared that I come out and I’m walking here and anything can happen.”

Ms Sheh said she was a former employee at Billu’s Indian Eatery, and was working on the day in April when the shots were fired outside the restaurant.

Ms Sheh said she saw the gunman in April stand outside the restaurant for up to 40 minutes before firing into the air.

“Me and my colleague were standing outside for half an hour and the fellow shot after some time,” she said.

She said he had fired into the air, and did not appear to be trying to hit anyone.

Ejaz Khan, the vice-president of the Harris Park Chamber of Commerce, said he believed the shootings were gang related.

Mr Khan said he ate at Billu’s on Tuesday night, but left about 30 minutes before the shooting.

“I can’t believe this. This is the third incident in the last couple of months in Harris Park, and I believe strongly that there are criminal gangs working in this area,” he said.

He said there were about 25 restaurants, many Indian, operating within a 2½-kilometre radius in Harris Park, and they needed to know they could operate safely.

“We are a very happy, peaceful community in this area,” he said.

On Tuesday night, detectives closed a section Wigram Street as they searched for the gunman, while forensic police examined the restaurant.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the offender to come forward, in particular the woman who was nearly knocked to the ground at the pedestrian crossing.

Police described her as being Indian or subcontinental in appearance, aged between 25 and 30, and she was wearing a pink top.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. */]]>

Police plan to crack down on dangerous motorcyclists on Hunter roads after a spate of fatal crashes. Picture: Phil HearneA NEW operation is underway to crack down on motorcycle safety on roads through the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Central Hunter police commands.
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Operation Silverstone, which is launched at Maitland on Wednesday, is focused on keeping drivers alive after a rash of fatalities on the region’s roads.

Northern Region Traffic Tactician for the Traffic & Highway Patrol CommandChief Inspector Trent Le-Merton said the operation would use marked and unmarked cars and aircrafts to find drivers and riders putting themselves and others at risk.

“Unlike the legendary Silverstone racing circuit, our roads should not be used as racetracks, as some drivers and riders have, which is costing lives,” Chief Inspector Le-Merton said.

“The operation will involve a range of police resources including both marked and unmarked Highway Patrol cars, police motorcycles and aircraft for aerial surveillance, all focused on detecting those drivers and riders putting themselves, and other road users at great risk.

There have been 41 motorcycle fatalities this year in NSW including two this month on the Putty Rd, which is a recognised motorcycle riding route.

This is four more than this time last year.

“Sadly, 29 fatalities have been recorded on Hunter roads in 2015 after a spate of multiple fatalities, which is 13 more than 2014,” Chief Inspector LeMerton said.

“Many speed-related motorcycle crashes happen in good conditions with no other vehicles involved.

“There seems to be an over-representation of mature-aged riders on powerful machines who are coming ‘unstuck’ on curves striking road side objects.

Highly visibile police will be on the region’s roads throughout the operation, which will also employ other tactics.

“Police activities will be promoted through social media and directly through vehicle enthusiast websites to heighten public awareness of this road safety strategy,” Chief Inspector LeMerton said.

“Even experienced riders need time to react to changing situations on the road and as we get older reaction times slow.

“It takes three-quarters of a second to make a decision to act once you see a hazard, and the same time again for the action to be effective.”

“Members of these communities have the potential to turn into high-quality, committed employees,” says the Australian Public Service Commission. Photo: Wayne Taylor.More public service newsLloyd’s war on public service slackers
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Public service departments have been told to trawl Facebook and Twitter to find their next generation of bosses.

The Australian Public Service Commission says the future leaders of the Commonwealth bureaucracy can be found on social media, and departments need to be clicking away in their search for emerging talent.

But agencies have been warned not to ignore potential high flyers under their noses, and should form “talent councils” to make sure opportunities are not missed.

The advice is contained in the commission’s Talent Management Guide, a how-to manual for spotting future Canberra mandarins.

First lesson: get online.

“Effective organisations are using social media to build a community of individuals interested in their products, their work or in the organisation itself. Members of these communities have the potential to turn into high-quality, committed employees,” the guide states.

“Consider using data from sources such as LinkedIn, Facebook and other global networks to identify quality candidates.”

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Managers are also encouraged not to overlook the abilities of their existing workforce, and not be greedy with high-potential up-and-comers.

“Identifying and developing internal talent means that an agency is not reliant on the labour market to fill every critical vacancy,” the guide states.

Talented employees are to kept “engaged” but not chained to one job or even one department and agency.

“Engagement does not mean holding on to talented employees in one job role or agency; indeed, talent ‘hoarding’ is likely to have a negative effect on engagement,” says the guide.

The current tough times in the public service, where wages are stagnating, there is little money in departmental budgets for pay rises and promotions are hard to come by, are no excuse for a failure to nurture future leaders, the commission warns.

“During periods where promotion or transfer opportunities are limited across the APS, agencies should carefully consider whether acting assignments or new projects are suitable for keeping high-potential employees committed to the APS,” the guide reads.

“Providing the best opportunities to high-potential employees isn’t about creating a ‘favoured class’, but is about ensuring that the best contributors continue to offer their best and keep growing in preparation for taking on critical roles.”

Agencies and managers are provided with a “nine-box grid”, a diagnostic tool to identify the workers in the agency who have what it takes to go to the top.

But the grid poses a danger to the office slackers, giving bosses a new method of identifying the public servants who are not pulling their weight.

“At the other end of the scale, for individuals in the ‘strongest concern’ category there is a need for firm and decisive management action,” the guide states.

“If performance does not improve, agency underperformance processes should be commenced.

“This may result in reassignment of the individual to another role, reclassification or termination.”

Wollongong product Jordan Stalker shows off his Gardner-Webb University headgear.American football
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Jarryd Hayne is dominating newspaper headlines around Australia and the US this week as his likely NFL debut edges closer.

But there’s another Australian athlete flying under the radar as he quietly works towards his own American football fairytale.

Wollongong’s Jordan Stalker is about to begin his third season with US college Gardner-Webb.

The 21-year-old giant was granted a scholarship to the university after completing his higher school certificate at Cedars Christian College in 2011.

If all goes to plan, Stalker will be picked up by an NFL club during his senior year in 2016.

‘‘He’s ticking all those boxes, he’s up there in all of them,’’ Stalker’s mother Jane said.

‘‘There’s no reason why he couldn’t make an NFL list.’’

Stalker – who stands at 195 centimetres tall and weighs more than 134 kilograms – played rugby union from a young age with Woonona Shamrocks.

It wasn’t until late-2010 that he was persuaded to switch codes.

And once he did, it didn’t take long to attract the attention of some important people.

‘‘I remember him coming up to me and saying ’mum I think I’m going to try gridiron’, and I said ’have we even got gridiron in Australia?’,’’ Jane Stalker recalled.

‘‘And I said go for it, if that’s what he wants to do he should go for it.

‘‘He walked onto the practice field, and I remember his coach at the time just said ’oh my god’.

‘‘He’s six foot five (inches), he’s a unit.

‘‘He just knew this was what he wanted to do.’’

A mere few months after throwing the ‘‘pig skin’’ for the first time with Wollongong Mustangs, Stalker was made captain of NSW’s junior representative team.

He was then chosen to captain Australia, and sent to Texas for a prestigious IFAF world training camp.

It was then that he realised the possibility of making a career in American football wasn’t so far-fetched.

Stalker is an offensive linesman for the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs and plays left tackle position with the division one college team.

He has just completed the pre-season summer training and is preparing for the opening game of the season on September 5.

His mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, and two close friends are planning to travel to the US later this year to watch the Bulldogs.

When they can’t be in the stand to watch his games, Stalker’s family gets up at all hours of the morning to live stream the action.

In two years’ time, they could be watching Stalker going head-to-head with fellow Aussie convert Hayne.

Source: Illawarra Mercury

DRUG charges against four people have been put on hold because they are grieving over the tragic death of a toddler in a car smash near Willow Tree last week.
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Mark Wortley, the alleged ringleader of the drug ring supplying ice across Gunnedah, did not appear in Tamworth Local Court when his case was mentioned yesterday morning, after the court was told he was in transit between prisons.

Solicitor Rae Parker said Wortley, who was being housed in a correctional centre on the South Coast, was en-route to Tamworth.

“He’s on escort back to our territory here,” she told the court.

“There was a death of a small child in the family last week in very tragic circumstances.”

Ms Parker said the 32-year-old, who is charged with 13 drug-related offences, had lodged an application for legal aid but the defence needed eight weeks to consider the brief of evidence.

Wortley made no application for bail and it was formally refused.

He’s expected to be escorted by Corrective Services to the funeral of his partner’s grand-daughter, two-year-old Jannali, who was killed in a crash on the New England Highway at Willow Tree on Monday, August 17.

Tori Shipman who was behind the wheel of the Nissan Pulsar when it left the road and crashed down an embankment is holding a bedside vigil for her 11-month-old son, Atticus, who remains in a serious but stable condition in John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

Ms Shipman’s mother, Helen Eason, did not appear in Tamworth court yesterday morning but her 14 charges were adjourned as the family grieves.

“There is a letter on the file,” Magistrate Holmes said.

“Ms Eason is connected to that tragedy.”

Nikita Wortley and Howard Adams were also adjourned and remain on bail.

The lead investigator of Strike Force Codes, the police operation set up to investigate the alleged supply of ice in Gunnedah, was present in court yesterday for the brief proceedings which have now been adjourned to October.

The Shanghai Composite Index has fallen two days street. Photo: ChinatopixMalcolm Maiden: why investors are buyingBHP keeps faith with China
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BEIJING – China’s move to cut interest rates for the fifth time in nine months to salve a steep sharemarket rout provides an adrenaline shot to roiling world markets, but may well underline the deepening concerns over its slowing economy.

The immediate reaction on Wall Street and in major European markets was positive, with commodity prices and the Australian dollar also given a boost.

But the question for investors is whether the nature and timing of the cuts will deliver a sustained boost to the economy, or further hurt confidence in the Chinese leadership’s economic credentials.

There are questions as to why the People’s Bank of China waited until Tuesday to act, after two days of steep losses. Investors had expected the bank to cut rates or reserve requirements over the weekend after market confidence had been sapped by a string of poor economic data. The inaction was seen to have contributed to the magnitude of the “Black Monday” wipeout, which saw shares retreat 8.5 per cent.

“Clearly, this is targeted at the falling stock market,” Tao Dong, an economist at Credit Suisse, said. “China needs extra liquidity to prevent systemic risks. But ultimately, fixing the economy is more important than fixing the stock market and advancing reforms is critical.”

The central bank announced the 25 basis points cut on Tuesday evening, hours after a 7.6 per cent plunge on the benchmark Shanghai Composite took the gauge’s losses to 22 per cent in four days – the worst of run of losses since 1996.

The bank also lowered the amount of cash banks must set aside, known as the reserve requirement ratio, by 50 basis points. It also dropped a key control on rates for some bank deposits, allowing for greater competition among lenders.

The moves will likely be seen as reactive rather than proactive. Worse, it may be interpreted as an admission that the economic situation is direr than previously thought, coming so soon after a devaluation of its currency.

There are questions too over how much of the released liquidity – estimated in the vicinity of $US100 billion – would make its way into its equity markets with investor panic already taking hold.

And the cuts fall short of the emergency intervention in June and July, which saw a $US400 billion fund to buy blue-chip stocks and a ban on major shareholders and state-owned enterprises from selling shares.

Those unprecedented measures failed to stem a more than $US4.5 trillion rout in shareholder value since June, and authorities have signalled plans to wind back the state-backed support in the market. But public anger also dictates that the central leadership must not be seen to be doing nothing.

In a statement explaining its decision, the central bank said China’s economic growth faced “downward pressure” and that the task of stabilising growth, advancing reforms while minimising risks was proving “extremely arduous”.

It referred to volatility on global financial markets as a key reason for its move to further ease monetary policy, without specifically mentioning the sharp falls on China’s domestic exchanges.

The language mirrored that of Premier Li Keqiang, who was quoted by state broadcaster CCTV on Tuesday night as telling a visiting Kazakh delegation in Beijing that the global economic situation was complex with “large market fluctuations” which “also had some impact on the Chinese economy”.

But China’s economic fundamentals had not changed, he said.

BEAUTIFUL: Addy Clements. Picture by CHERYL BAKER PHOTOGRAPHYThe story of Addalyn Clements wasn’t meant to go this way.
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Little Addy, in her all innocence and strength, was supposed to defy the odds and make it to the finish line.

But, instead, the little girl who stole our hearts to generate a landslide of blood donations has come home to live out her final days.

Just months after receiving a bone marrow transplant – expected to save her life – Addy, of Tenambit, has been dealt the cruellest blow of all, with an aggressive leukaemia invading her body.

But this time it’s a battle Addy will not win.

“There is no easy way to say this, but it’s something that has to be done,” Mrs Clements revealed on the Unicorns for Addy Facebook page.

“We have received the results of Addy’s BMA … the results are not good and far, far worse than expected.

“Her myeloidysplasia was not killed during the chemotherapy conditioning phase and, in fact, has transformed into an aggressive leukaemia.”

Mrs Clements goes on to explain that there are no further treatment options left for her little girl.

“There is nothing more they can do for our Addy, no treatment that they could offer to her would kill the cancer now and if they did it would most ­definitely shorten her lifespan, making her very ill and she would end her life in hospital,” she posted.

“We had the option to bring her home on palliative care to enjoy what time we have left with her.”

Although the Clements family hasn’t been givena definitive timeframe, it is believed Addy has only weeks, possibly a month, to live.

“We have plans to make the next few weeks as happy and fun-filled as we possibly can so that her final stay with us is as happy and carefree as possible and make many more memories with our baby girl.”

Family friend Amy Moore said the Clements ­family was doing as well as could be expected.

“They’re just trying to make these final weeks as fun as possible,” Ms Moore said.

“They’ve celebrated a last Christmas together and they’ve received a lot of lovely donations, but it’s still hard to comprehend.

“Addy is as lively and lovely as usual and you just can’t believe what’s going on in her body.

“But she’s just enjoying her life. In this case ignorance really is bliss.”

A fundraiser for the Clements family will be held at the Regal Hotel, Tenambit, on Sunday, August 30 from noon. People can also donate money to the Amy Moore Trust Fund Addy Clements at The Mutual – BSB 646 000 – account 100058289.

Source: Maitland Mercury